2013-08-16 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Mark your calendar if you’re concerned about flood insurance premiums and other FEMA actions. Saturday, September 28th will be National Stop Fema Now Day. There will be rallies in Rockaway, Staten Island, Louisiana, all over New Jersey, and other places. Details will follow in coming issues of The Wave. And even before the September event, we hear George Kasimos, the founder of StopFemaNow, will be meeting with various groups in Breezy on August 26th. We encourage all peninsula residents to make a point of supporting StopFemaNow and follow them on Facebook. You can’t just hope things take care of themselves when it comes to FEMA!

Since July 13th the Rockaway Youth Task Force, in conjunction with growNYC, have been running the successful Rockaway Beach Youth Market every Saturday on Rockaway Boulevard between Beach 67th and Beach 69th Streets. Milan Taylor of the RYTF says the market will have to close on August 31st unless funding can be found to keep it open until the season ends in November. If you’d like to help them out, look for them on Facebook.

Fishermen beware. Or fisherpersons. There is something plaguing Jamaica Bay called Cownose Rays. They look like stingrays. People fishing or even in kayaks should avoid.

Wonder what’s going in at the building at Beach 90th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard? We hear a childcare school is going there.

The Rip and Ride For Rockaway Skateboard contest is on. Get on down to Beach 91st Street from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 17th. Before the contest gets going there will be a skate clinic at 10 a.m. by the Harold Hunter Foundation.

Some good questions are asked of the Lifeguards and Parks in this week’s Slice Of Life column by Beth Hanning. Lifeguard chairs are buried somewhat so lifeguards don’t hurt their feet when they jump off? Huh?

Crain’s New York, the business magazine booted one this week. When reporting on the Resilience Institute on Jamaica Bay, Crain’s wrote: the mayor announced a new beach grass nursery will be planted at Ebbets Field, allowing for the study and harvesting of beach grasses to protect sand dunes against erosion. Ebbets Field?!! The long-gone home of the Brooklyn Dodgers is now a housing project. We think the writer meant Floyd Bennett Field.

We don’t remember former Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe touting resilience much. He was in charge after Irene. And still in charge when the holes in the boardwalk were still there a YEAR later. Now he’s on the board of the new Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks conservancy? Do they need to balance the board with someone who didn’t pay attention to the beach?

The Wall Street Journal must be on the NYC Parks’ payroll. Somebody wrote a review of the comfort stations that was downright embarrassing. These curved steel-frame structures elevated on pillars possess a mod aesthetic and a kinetic energy…These structures look for all the world like the Scandinavian starfleet’s first mission ended up not at Mars, but on our shores, boasting an elegantly curved steel frame and corrugated stainless steel shell and woodlike side panels crafted out of Taktl, an “ultrahigh performance concrete.” With Jamaica Bay getting all this interest the worry now is that it will become so healthy there will be so many birds Rockaway will turn into an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

We hear nothing but grumbling about the NYC Build it Back program. Tons of paperwork, inexperienced caseworkers and ambiguity are common complaints. We’ll have more on this program soon.

Anthony Weiner came by The Wave on Wednesday. He engaged in a shoutfest of sorts with Kevin Boyle but made a couple of converts among The Wave staff before heading to the beach for a press conference regarding beach protection.

Speaking of the beach, the Army Corps has awarded the second sand pumping contract. It’s possible there will be no interruption and sand will continue to be poured onto the beaches through the next several weeks.

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